EMMETSBURG - Led by a first-place from senior George Romualdo at 152 lbs., the Storm Lake wrestlers took seventh-place here Saturday in the Emmetsburg-Armstrong-Ringsted Invitational.
Host Emmetsburg-Armstrong-Ringsted won the meet with 227 points, following by Fort Dodge with 170 points and Humboldt with 170 points. In taking third, the Tornado varsity wrestlers finished with 57 points.
"As a team we were short some kids and didn't score well," said Storm Lake High wrestling coach Ty Seaman. "We definitely didn't wrestle our best."
Nevertheless, Romualdo and several other Storm Lake wrestlers placed.
Romualdo started the day with a bye in the first round of the meet. In his first match, he won via decision over Emmetsburg's Sean Sturm, 13-2. In the championship match, Romualdo decisioned Humboldt's Austin Vitchum, 7-2 for the overall title at 152.
"George had a good tournament and wrestled the best he has all year," said Seaman.
At 103 pounds, Storm Lake's Kelly Evans finished in fifth place. He lost his semifinal match via a 13-0 major decision to Drew Evans of LeMars.
Evans suffered a minor injury and couldn't wrestle in the third place match but won his fifth place match via a bye.
At 125, Adam Kelly finished in fourth place. He opened the tournament with an 8-7 decision over Kyle Christensen of BCIG but lost in the semifinals to Matt Schacherer of Estherville-Lincoln-Central via fall at 3 minutes, 58 seconds.
Kelly then won his next match with a 9-2 decision over Mitch Thompson of Humboldt before losing in the third place match 6-1 to Jacob Rosalez of Fort Dodge.
At 189, Storm Lake's Ryne Paterson opened with a loss to Drew DeGroot of Central Lyon via fall, then beat Seth Enson of Humboldt via a 6-2 decision in the loser's bracket before losing to Joe Noonan of Emmetsburg 6-0. In the match for fifth place, Paterson lost via fall again to DeGroot.
At 275 lbs., Storm Lake's Jacob Droessler won his first match via a fall over Andrew Zackow of Central Lyon at just 53 seconds. In his second match, Droessler lost 10-1 to Mark Hobart of Emmetsburg.
In the opposite bracket, Droessler then lost a by fall to Chris Panzil of Fort Dodge before winning the fifth place match over Zackow of Central Lyon by fall at 36 seconds.